IRVING, Texas (AP) — By the third time in a matter of two minutes that Dez Bryant said he was ready to "focus on football," he laughed.
The Dallas Cowboys receiver knew he was being repetitive. He just wasn't really sure what else to say once he had announced Thursday that he was "excited" to have an agreement with prosecutors that could lead to dismissal of a family violence charge over a dispute with his mother.
Bryant is attending anger management sessions, and the Dallas County district attorney's office will dismiss the misdemeanor charge if the third-year receiver stays out of trouble for a year. Bryant's attorney, Texas state Sen. Royce West, arranged the deal.
"He did a great job and took care of it," Bryant said. "That situation is behind me, and I'm just focused on football right now."
Bryant was arrested in July in suburban Dallas after he allegedly hit his mother, Angela Bryant, in the face with a ball cap. A police affidavit says he also grabbed her T-shirt. His mother formally asked prosecutors not to pursue the case.
Speaking to reporters in the Cowboys locker room, the third-year receiver said he appreciated the support of his teammates and acknowledged being disappointed that the incident happened. Mostly, he said he was relieved.
"I just feel better, man, that it's done and it's over with," Bryant said.
The counseling program is set up through the office of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, and the charge will be dropped if Bryant doesn't get arrested during his year in the program, said spokeswoman Debbie Denmon.
"Craig Watkins feels that the conditional dismissal is the best solution for all parties involved," Denmon said. "We looked at the family violence assault case and determined that one year of counseling was needed to make Dez a good citizen."